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Legal Profession Uniform Law

The Legal Profession Uniform Law sets out regulatory arrangements for legal practitioners and law practices. Find out more about the Uniform Law's objectives and benefits.

The Uniform Law is applied in New South Wales and Victoria by local legislation. Uniform Rules provide the operational detail of the Uniform Law. Find out more about how the Uniform Law is applied and the core areas covered by the Uniform Law and Uniform Rules.

Costs disclosure, costs agreements and billing

It is important that law practices comply with the Uniform Law's obligations about costs disclosure, costs agreements and billing and are aware of changes to costs disclosure obligations introduced by the Uniform Law. Find out more about the main requirements that apply.

The NSW Bar Association, Law Institute of Victoria and Law Society of NSW have published costs agreement and other precedents.

Costs disclosure forms

Costs disclosure can be made using a costs disclosure form where the estimated legal costs are not likely to be more than $3000 before disbursements and GST are added.

The forms are available in user friendly formats:

A ​Costs Disclosure information sheet [PDF, 248KB]​ for legal practitioners explains how to use the forms.

Costs D​isclosure information sheet [PDF, 220KB] for consumers explains the purpose of the form and should be provided to clients by their legal practitioner.

Trust money and trust accounts

Part 4.2 of the Uniform Law and Part 4.2 of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015 set out the requirements for trust money and trust accounts. Most requirements are the same as those that applied under the previous Legal Profession Acts and Legal Profession Regulations however there are some changes to specific obligations.

Law practices are required to have their trust records externally examined once a year. The external examiner is required to give a written report of their examination to the local regulatory authority at a time or within a period determined by the Legal Services Council and published on the Council's website. ​

From 2017 the trust year in both NSW and Victoria ends on 31 March and trust money statements should be lodged by 30 April. External examiners must lodge their reports by 15 May each year. 

Community legal services

Community legal services and the Australian legal practitioners who engage in legal practice for or on behalf of a service are bound by the Uniform Law and Uniform Rules. Find out more about what the Uniform Law and Rules mean for community legal services.

Corporate and government lawyers​

The requirement to hold a practising certificate applies to corporate and government lawyers in New South Wales and Victoria, subject to certain exceptions. Transitional arrangements apply to government lawyers in both states and to corporate lawyers in NSW. Find out more about practising certificate requirements for corporate and government lawyers.

Other resources​

Legal practitioners and law practices can also:

  • contact their local legal professional association or check out their websites for information resources and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session details; and

  • contact their local regulator – the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner or the NSW Legal Services Commissioner.

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